Riverhead school board member Laurie Downs last night casts a vote during a June 2017 school board meeting. File photo: Denise Civiletti

Anybody that knows me knows that I speak my mind. I say what I mean and I do what I say.

It seems I’m caught in the middle of something here with Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and the teachers’ union.

I had no knowledge of the opinion piece that Ms.Cotten-DeGrasse wrote. I read it as everyone one else did in RiverheadLOCAL. I also did not know Ms. Cotten-DeGrasse was going to say what she said to the RCFA executive board.

I ran three times before winning a seat on the board. I never was supported by the teachers’ union before, so when I was asked to sit with them to be interviewed this year, I was happy.

We talked about rumors they were told and I spoke of rumors I was told. We put everything on the table. We shook hands and I walked away knowing I wasn’t going to be supported. I have no animosity towards them. I wish good luck to Mr. Bost and Mr. Wallace.

I have always voted my conscience with the best interests of our district in mind. Having an endorsement or not having an endorsement would not change that.  That’s not who I am.    

Everyone, don’t forget to vote tomorrow.

Laurie Downs
Riverhead Central School District trustee

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